CULTURE & HERITAGE:
Malaysia has becomes ad example in terms of creating a united, and
harmonious society through culture. The National Cultural Policy
is mainly based on there basis principles:
it is based on the malay civilization/malay culture;
2. it combines elements of other cultures: and
3. Islam is the primary element.
The national Art Galary is one of the most established art museums
in South East Asia. As Malaysia’s official art institution,
it has supoorted the endeavours of Malaysian artists through exhibitions
locally and internationally. It regularly hosts art competitions,
seminars and workshops for art practitioners and students as well
as numerous art-related events that appeal to the general public.
The PETRONAS Art Gallery, located at the Suria KLCC is a world class
art venue. It not only allows a number of exhibitions to be displayed
but also seves as a multi-functional hall.
Philharmonic Hall of PETRONAS
The Philharmonic Hal of PTRONAS is the home of the Malaysia Philharmonic
Orchestra and the PETRONAS Performing Arts Group. The Hall, which
combines the best of modern and traditional designs, can seat 885
The National Theatre was officially opened by the Prime Ministre
on September 15, 1999 and renamed Istana Budaya. Its main objective
is to increase aesthetical achievements of the performing arts in
Malaysia Its prime role is to provide quality and affordable entertainment
for the community in line with the national cultural policy.
Music and dance are almost inseparable in Malaysian culture. Traditional
Malay music is centred on the Gamelan, a traditional musical instrument
that originated from indionesia. The lilting, hypnotic drum beats
accompany the song of the gamelan.
Joget is the most popular traditional dance in Malaysia. The zapin
is a uniqe traditional dance which originated from the Middle East.
It is preserved in Malaysia in both its orginal for, called Zapin
Arab and Zapin Melayu which was adapted through the ages by the
local Malay community.
Dikir Barat, which is popular in the state of Kelantan, is performed
in a poetic manner; one team will attempt to outwit the other. The
performance involves of teams known as Dikir laba of not fewer then
eight persons each. The Wayang Kulit (shadow play), which is also
popular in kelantan features puppet figures, which are projected
on a screen. The Tok Dalang or Puppeteer presents tales, accompanied
by musicians using drums, gongs, cymbals and a traditional flute.
and Menora are opera-like classic theatrical plays, which originated
from Thailand. Both plays are similar in Presentation. The only
basic difference is that the Makyong features a team of dancing
girls, while the Menora has an all-male cast.
and Indian Dance
The Fan Dance is said to have originated from the grandiose places
fo the Chinese Emperors. It is performed by maidens in long-flowing
costumes with fans in hands, in beautiful formation swaying to the
graceful flow of the music
The Bharatha Natyam is a classical Indian dance traditionally performed
in temples. It has its ortigins from South India and it involves
complicated body movements and facial expressions, each of which
has its own meaning.
Bhangra is a lovely Panjabi harvest dance. The infectious rhythm
of the bhangra has a huge following among the Punjabs and the dance
is oftem performed during national festivals.
Baju kurung, baju kebaya labuh, baju cekak musang, baju batik and
kain palikat are some of the names of the traditional costume. Kain
Palikat (Kain Sarong) is belive came from India through the Indian
Muslim traders. Baju Melayu wear by Malay mean while baju kebaya
is from women. Baju kebaya also is part of the Nyonya of Melaka,
Penang and Singapore identity.
Silat is the art of self-defence and also considered as a from of
art dance. There are many kind of silat such as silat cekak, silat
gayung, silat kalimah, silat harimau and others. The murids (students)
who study the silat does not only study the art of self-defence
but also builds the inner (spiritual) strength. It is common that
silat always demonstrate during marriages ceremony and during national